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Tomb of the Virgin Mary, Jerusalem
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Considered by many Christians to be the final resting place of the mother of Christ, Tomb of the Virgin Mary provides an atmospheric encounter with a 5th-century church. Enter through the 12th-century Crusader facade, winding your way down the staircase to the ancient Byzantine crypt. Containing the ancient empty crypt of the Virgin Mary, it is believed by many to date back to the 1st century CE. Inspect the colorful icons, and don't miss the smoke blackened stone--thought to have been left behind after Mary's ascension to heaven. Put Tomb of the Virgin Mary at the forefront of your travel plans using our Jerusalem trip itinerary planner.
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  • We go down a grand staircase in the heart of the Mount of olives, in a vast Church underground which houses the tomb of the Virgin Mary. Access to the Tomb by a very low door that requires almost to kneel before the Tomb. A spiritual experience.
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  • Well worth a visit this property opposite the garden of Gethsemane. A long staircase decorated with hundreds of lamps (they say the ostrich eggs take away the cobwebs) will take you on a cave decorated by beautiful icons where the Virgin Mary is said to have been buried. A place of great beauty and spirituality.
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  • We seem to get there when multiple tour groups were there. We did not understand before we got there what we were to do. People were pushing en masse to enter the empty tomb of the Theotokos. I did no...  more »
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  • Final stop on the Sandeman's excellant Mount of Olives tour. A fascinating underground Greek Orthodox church - walking down the staircase leading to the presumed tomb is like walking into a smoky, incensed and venerable past.
  • Incredible. Definitely worth seeing. The stairs of candles is impre.
  • Amazing place with a very spiritual atmosphere.
  • Awesome pictures one day I ll visited there with k.p.yes
  • This is at the bottom of the hill up to the Mount of Olives. I would have missed it but somebody pointed it out to me. It's worth heading down, you walk down staircase to the bottom. There is incense in the air and lot of pictures of Mary